Lions men compete at Laptad/Williams Invitational

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's track and field team competed at its last event of the year before the MIAA Track and Field Championships today at the 2011 Bob Laptad/Bill Williams Invitational at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. 

Despite strong winds all meet, some very good numbers were posted by the Lions. Corey Reynolds picked up a provisional and the top d-2 mark in the high jump when he placed third with a height of 6-9. Seth Matlock was eighth in the event with a height of 6-7. Aki Nummela won the 5k, clocking in at a time of 15:04.73. Andrew Webb was ninth in the event. 

John Lowe was fifth in the pole vault with a height of 15-8.25, while Caleb Carney was eighth and Michael Juergens and Jarret Keller placed 11th and 24th, respectively. The highlight of the event was the final two vaulters. Both broke the facility record, but Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts had the top mark and hit 18-2, more than a foot higher than the previous record. 

Clark Tanksley was 10th in the long jump, while Ethan Powell placed 16th in the discus. Jerry Jones and Jacob Rowe were 6th and 8th in the long jump, while Tyler Burgess placed fourth in the hammer with a distance of 158-10. Tanksley placed 8th in the 200m dash, while Jacob Khan and Maurlon Bembry placed 14th and 26th, respectively.

The 4x100 meter relay team placed second with a time of 41.88, while the 4x400 relay team was third, clocking in at a time of 3:41.01. Andrew Wright and Zach Reece were 5th and 7th in the 400m dash, while Jacob Khan placed 25th in the event and Sam Pogue finished 14th in the 800m. 

Southern will next be in action with the MIAA Outdoor Championships next weekend at Emporia State University.